Overview top

The course is aimed at developing employability skills and some training within a vocational area to enable students to seek employment work and develop skills to remain employable.

The individual program offers an opportunity for individuals to access the provision at a level to meet their particular learning profile. Whether a learner is progressing from school into college, or a current learner that is moving up from other Entry level Foundation programmes, there is an opportunity that the project and academic work can fit all. The program provides various stages of vocational studies along with academic subjects that develop a strong foundation to build upon. The program goal is for learners to achieve the NOCN L1 Certificate or award on the short course in Skills in Employment, Training and Personal Development [SETPD]

Whilst developing their academic skills learners may also have the opportunity to experience real working environments in some of the vocational areas that are delivered within the college from;

  • Art & Media

  • Hair & Beauty

  • Health & Care

  • Hospitality & Catering

  • Sport & Recreation

  • Business & Retail

  • Workshop Practical Skills

  • Land Based & Environmental

[Please note that the above options will vary]

Embedded English, maths and independence skills are essential parts of all the programs.

Prior to enrolment learners will have undergone a detailed assessment to aid a smooth transition onto this appropriate programme.

All learners have a detailed Individual Learning Plan which clearly states and regularly reviews their needs to all relevant staff. This includes an Individual Support Plan which involves the student in giving staff a step by step plan to meeting their educational needs.

All learners are supported to set and review personal targets on a weekly basis.

The staff team are committed to understanding each learner’s behaviour and guiding them to more suitable alternatives where applicable.

Entry Requirements top

The foundation level program runs within Foundation, Health and Development and provides an extremely flexible timetable built around the learner’s specific needs. This program is suitable for individuals who may have become disengaged with education or simply those with additional support needs in some areas of study.

The overall qualification level is a Level 1 foundation.

*If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us on 0191 427 3900 or email info@stc.ac.uk

Assessment top

Assessment takes place through building a portfolio of evidence and may also include team work, practical tasks, projects, worksheets, presentations, role plays, games and question and answer.

The maths and English parts of the programme have formal assessments but we do a lot of preparation with students to reduce their anxiety. GCSE resit is also an option for those learners at this level of academic skills.

Professional Opportunities top

Students can progress on to a range of courses depending on their abilities and needs. There are full time and part time options in our Supported Learning department which include a Supported Internship.

Some learners may be ready to do a level 2 vocational course in the main college with ongoing support.

Some learners may be ready for employment (supported or independent).

Further Information top

Any student interested in doing this course should contact Mr Chris Weldon to arrange an initial visit. We then seek detailed information about learners’ needs and they are invited in for a taster day. This is all crucial for helping the learner decide if this course is for them and enables the staff to decide if the students’ needs can be met on the course.

Chris will discuss funding and support including the role of Education Health Care Plans.